Fred A. Baughman 1907-199 6 Fre d A. Baughman, an employee for the U.S. Weather Bureau for 40 years, died on 26 April 1996 in his home state of Michigan. Through a variety of positions with the Weather Bureau, Baughman's expertise was widespread. His experience in general and severe weather forecasting, river and flood forecasting, and agricultural and avia- tion services led him to the position of head meteo- rologist at the West Michigan Weather Bureau office in Grand Rapids in 1958. As head meteorologist at the Grand Rapids office, Baughman helped institute a variety of "firsts" fo r the Fred Baughman and an assistant record wet- and dry-bulb office. H e was given a staff of forecasters and the re- temperatures in Grand Rapids, Michigan. sponsibility of all weather forecasting in west Michi- gan. He and his staff established five zones in west Michigan and arranged a teletype network exclusive Ohio, to once again provide forecasts to the aviation for weather forecasts and information for the various industry. public and agricultural requirements. This service was In 1939 he took a training course under Sverre established as one of the first such state offices in the Pettersen, who taught
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1996
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